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3 Reasons Canola Oil Is Bad For You

Canola oil has been widely used across the industry. From cooking, agriculture to cosmetics, many people use it because of its reported health benefits and low cost. 

However, there has been a growing concern about the potential bad effects of canola oil in the body. It was first introduced as a natural oil in the early 1970s. But as of 2005, about 87 percent of the canola produced in the U.S. became genetically modified. 

Despite being a genetically modified product, canola oil is still considered a type of vegetable oil. It has been used in soaps, lubricants, candles, lipsticks, biofuels, insecticides and some food products.

Canola oil provides calories, fat, vitamins K and E and saturated fat. However, previous studies suggested the oil adds up to 40 percent of trans fatty acids to processed food. Researchers warned canola oil may harm the body. 

Before being added to certain products, the oil is created through refining, bleaching and degumming. Such manufacturing process uses high temperatures and additional chemicals that both contribute to canola oil’s negative health effects, according to DrAxe.com.

Potential Bad Effects of Canola Oil

Heart Problems

Rapeseed oil, the main source of canola oil, contains high levels of erucic acid that has been associated with heart damage. Studies showed that erucic acid could trigger the development of Keshan disease, inflammation and calcification of arteries.

Kidney, Liver Damage

As mentioned earlier, most canola oil is genetically modified, a type of product known for having side effects. A 2011 study found that high consumption of such products was linked to damaged liver and kidney.

High Blood Pressure

The people with a history of high blood pressure and high risk of stroke may have short lifespan due to high consumption of canola oil. One study, which focused on the health effects of the oil, showed that animal subjects that consumed less of the product had longer lifespan than those with canola in their diets. 

Another study suggested that canola oil may make red blood cell membranes more fragile. This could then lead to higher risk of stroke.

Canola Oil Canola oil is widely used in soaps, lubricants, candles, lipsticks, biofuels, insecticides and cooking products. Pixabay

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